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BIRCHALL BROTHERS TAKE BRONZE MEDAL IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Ben and Tom Birchall wrapped up their 2008 FIM Superside World Championship campaign, with a fine fourth place in the final race of the season at Le Mans in France at the weekend, which clinched third place in the world rankings and the bronze award for the Mansfield brothers.

In Saturday's first practice, aboard their Mitchell's of Mansfield sponsored LCR Suzuki, the brothers finished up less than a second behind the leaders P?¤iv?¤rinta and Karttiala and ahead of the current world champions. They didn't fare quite as well during qualifying, possibly because of carrying 10 kilos of success ballast, having won their previous race at Rijeka.

Qualifying was a close affair and afterwards Ben said, "We finished up in third place, with less than a second separating the top four teams. We'll be starting from the front row of the grid and we're looking forward to Sunday's 18-lap race."

Unfortunately Ben and Tom didn't get off the start-line very quickly and it took a while to get used to the change in handling due to the extra weight-penalty being carried. The brothers had to fight their way through traffic, whilst ensuring they brought their outfit home safelyand had almost caught Dellanoy and Cluze when they had run out of laps. They posted their quickest time in their last lap and eventually crossed the finish-line in fourth place, collecting 13 World Championship points.

Birchall Racing completed their 2008 season with a very creditable third place and with an 18-point lead over the French team of Dellanoy and Cluze. Although Reeves and Farrance won the race, they lost the championship by two points to the Finnish team of Pekka Paivarinta and Timo Karttiala.

After the podium presentation, Ben said, "Tom and I are very pleased to win the bronze medal in only our third year of competing in the World Championship and we would like to thank all our sponsors, friends and family for their* *continued support throughout the season."

Ben and Tom will take part in the annual Festival of Sidecars at Mallory Park on October 5. ? Their final outing will be to Bishopscourt, Co Down, on October 18-19 when they will compete for the Sunflower Trophy.

A press release with news of their 2009 race season will be issued shortly.

Link to the new Birchall Racing website: http://www.birchallracing.com

FIM Superside website: http://www.superside.com/index.html

Pictures are courtesy of Mika Hahn.

The FIM World Championship dates are as follows:

02 - 04. May Mugello Italy DTM
23 - 25. May Donington England BSB
20 - 22. June Sachsenring Germany Superside
26 - 28. June Assen Netherlands MotoGP
11 - 13. July Sachsenring Germany MotoGP
15 - 17. August Rijeka Croatia Superside
19 - 21. September Le Mans France Truck Championship/Superside final

Plus Entry to Selected British Championship Rounds

Link to Birchall Racing website http://www.birchallracing.com

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

MAIDEN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY FOR BIRCHALL BROTHERS AT RIJEKA, CROATIA
PODIUM FOR BIRCHALL RACING AT RAIN-SOAKED SACHSENRING
Results 2006 - 13th overall
BIRCHALL RACING 2007 PREVIEW
Double podium for Birchall Racing at Snetterton
TOP FOUR FOR BIRCHALL RACING AT ASSEN
A TOP FOUR FINISH FOR BIRCHALL RACING AT DONINGTON PARK



 

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